The Counties in Rhode Island Have the Most Antebellum Homes

Pre-war homes – those built before 1939 – are architectural gems. It’s powerful and charming, and people often refer to it when they look at the colorless linear designs prevalent today and lament “they don’t make it like they used to.”

In some ways, that’s a good thing. Pre-war homes often contained materials that we know to be hazardous today, such as asbestos and lead. But its hallmarks, including hardwood floors, nickel accents, ornate crown molding, and high ceilings, are among the features many people look for in a dream home.

Preserving the history of these properties, many of which you’ll find on the National Register of Historic Places, is a business that often extends well beyond the individual homeowner’s domain. Depending on where these homes are located, special permission from local historical commissions may be required before renovations can be made in an effort to preserve their historic architectural integrity.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties in Rhode Island with the most antebellum homes using data from the US Census Bureau. Counties are ranked with the highest percentage of homes built before 1939 based on 2020 5-year estimates.

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#5. Washington County

– Houses built before 1939: 17.6%
Houses built since 2000: 13.6%
Year of construction: 1975
– Total housing: 64,361

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# 4. Kent County

– Houses built before 1939: 21.2%
Houses built since 2000: 6.8%
– Year of construction: 1965
– Total housing: 74,526

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#3. Newport County

Houses built before 1939: 28.2%
Houses built since 2000: 12.0%
Year of construction: 1964
– Total housing: 42668

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# 2. Bristol County

– Houses built before 1939: 28.6%
Houses built since 2000: 6.7%
Average year of construction: 1960
– Total housing: 21110

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#1. Providence County

Houses built before 1939: 36.3%
Houses built since 2000: 6.2%
– Year of construction: 1955
– Total housing: 266624

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